Scott Hagley is the W. Don McClure Associate Professor of World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the author of Eat What is Set Before You: A Missiology of the Congregation in Context. His research focuses on the ways congregations learn to cultivate partnerships for the well-being of neighborhoods. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he was a pastor at a church of neighborhood-based missional communities in Vancouver, Canada.
Everyday life gives us ample opportunity to fulfill all righteousness, at least as far as the gods of global capital are concerned. Building credit, contributing to a 401K plan, purchasing ordinary goods produced through an extraordinary supply chain, we participate in the enchanted world of mammon, in which money defies space and time to make and remake a world that bears its image. But in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus inhabits a different kind of story about God and the world, about empire and capital.